Jeep, in a wonderful announcement has declared that the Grand Cherokee will be available in the United States as a diesel in early 2007. This is primarily based on the success of the Liberty diesel. If only they could see to it, to bring the Wrangler CRD over the pond to the states as well. Of course being that the Grand Cherokee will be officially getting a diesel variant is a positive sign that the Jeep Wrangler could add a diesel option in the near future.
Of course, I am not sure why they didn’t bring the Wrangler over before the Cherokee. I would almost guarantee that it would be a bigger seller than the Grand Cherokee.
Riding on the success of its Jeep Liberty diesel, the Chrysler Group plans to begin selling a diesel-powered Grand Cherokee SUV in the United States early next year.
Chrysler CEO and President Tom LaSorda will outline the plan today in a speech to business leaders at the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Conference on Mackinac Island.
It’s the latest push by automakers to offer alternative fuels in response to the rise in gasoline prices and concerns among new car and truck shoppers about fuel economy. Chrysler has become a major proponent of diesel engines and other fuels in the U.S. market.